#194 Fertility Festivals

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This post may be a little unsuitable for younger readers or … normal people who don’t want to see pictures of giant penis statues.

The Kanamara matsuri is a fertility festival held in Kawasaki.

It celebrates all things phallic which has earned in the nickname ‘penis festival’.

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It’s usually held on the first weekend of April every year.

The manhood theme extends from shrines and statues to sweets and artwork.

Despite it’s quite obscure origins (praying for immunity to STIs and for the fertility of guys) it now is used to raise money for HIV research.

It isn’t the only phallic festival in Japan though.

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The Honen Matsuri in Nagoya in March features a 280kg penis statue which is carried through the festival from one shrine to another.

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